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Healthy Days 2016: One Small Step to Better Health

KPHA members asked students to write one small step they could take to improve their health as part of WKU's Healthy Days event

Dress in Blue Day for Colon Cancer Awareness

Department of Public Health students, faculty and staff wearing blue to support the Kentucky Cancer Program's Colon Cancer Awareness campaign

Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Members of KPHA and SHA showing their support for breast cancer awareness

Dr. Gretchen Macy, Dr. Cecilia Watkins, Dr. Grace Lartey and Dr. Vijay Golla

Public Health Faculty present the results of the Kentucky Worksite Assessment: Utilization of the CDC’s Health Scorecard, on April 11, 2014, to the Department for Public Health in Frankfort, KY.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day

KPHA members partnered with AHEC to perform skits to teach elementary school students about Internet safety

Learn about the MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Science

This graduate program in Environmental and Occupational Health Science is designed to provide graduate education for careers focused on the protection of human health and prevention of health hazards in occupational and natural environments. Click to learn more!

Welcome to the Department of Public Health!             

The public health programs at Western Kentucky University prepare students to face the challenges of existing and emerging health concerns, locally and globally, and enable students to apply critical thinking skills to address and resolve these complex health issues. The mission of WKU’s public health program is to prepare highly competent public health practitioners through instruction, research and service, and to enhance the health status and quality of life of diverse populations in local, state, national, and global communities.

Public health is a field that offers a wide array of job opportunities to suit a variety of interests and skills. Whether you are interested in managing data and crunching numbers, conducting research or working with people, there is a place for you in the field of public health. Recent college graduates and those that have been in the field for years have something to offer and to gain in this field. Public health is ideal for individuals who gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others.

While there are several specialties in public health, most career opportunities are found in the fields listed below. The salary ranges, as follows, are the actual salaries earned (adjusted for inflation using the national CPI - Bureau of Labor Statistics) within one year of graduation as reported by the most recent nationwide survey of graduates conducted by the Association of Schools of Public Health:

  • Health Services Administration
    • $ 37,050 - $161,400
  • Biostatistics                                                   
    • $ 33,000 - $63,000
  • Epidemiology
    • $ 38,175 - $136,237
  • Health Education/ Behavioral Science        
    • $ 33,000 - $86,625
  • Environmental Health                                  
    • $ 44,550 - $143,700
  • International Health                                      
    • $ 31,500 - $70,875
  • Nutrition                                                           
    • $ 31,500 - $70,875
  • Public Health Practice/ Program Management     
    • $ 41,175 - $102,000
  • Biomedical Laboratory                                
    • $31,500 - $78,750

At WKU, students learn from expert faculty. All public health faculty hold top academic credentials and professional qualifications in public health and related disciplines. We also recognize there is much we can learn from those who are health practitioners as well. By combining industry knowledge with academic credentials, students learn firsthand from practicing public health experts, attorneys, environmental health specialists, emergency managers, and healthcare administrators with many years of experience in public health, environmental health, and the healthcare industry.



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Department of Public Health Sponsors Applied Epidemiology Training On Friday, January 27, The Public Health Undergraduate-Graduate Associated Students (PHUGAS) sponsored WKU's first ever Kentucky Public Health Assistance and Support Team (K-PHAST) training.

Public Health Students Put Spotlight on Global Health for International Education Week The event, The Bigger Picture: Public Health from Global Perspectives, gave international students from various public health disciplines the opportunity to share aspects of their culture and to teach about some of the major health issues in their countries.

The Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA) at WKU wins Best Student Chapter Award for the 8th Consecutive Year in 2016




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